Baggage continues this week with Honesty & Trust at Cross Point Nashville.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
Well, there you have it. The bottom line – love each other, but Pete challenged that many of us have handicapped our ability to give and receive love because of the baggage we carry. He made the point that we all have made vows to ourselves throughout our lives… things like:
- I can’t trust people when I’m gone or away from them.
- I can’t trust anyone in the church.
- I can’t trust men.
- I can’t trust that you won’t leave.
- Insert your own vow _____________________________
Because of these vows we have made, we can’t trust; but trust & respect are essential in the context of any relationship. You can’t form healthy relationships if you can’t trust.
1 Corinthians 13:7
“Love takes everything that comes without giving up. Love believes all things. Love hopes for all things. Love keeps on in all things.”
So I would challenge you to consider what vows you have made. I know that this got me thinking quite a bit… in some ways I don’t think I even realized some of the vows that I’ve made or how they have kept me from trusting. What vows have you made and what do you need to do to break them?
BTW – the message was longer but I thought this point was worth camping out on.
I know that the church has been a source of much pain for me over the years and some things I have promised myself – at different times – are:
– I won’t share my dreams of ministry. It just makes people uncomfortable and I don’t want to argue, especially not with friends. It’s easier just to not rock the boat.
– I certainly will never speak openly and honestly about how I feel with the pastor that is my boss!!!!
– I will just try to overlook when I’m hurt so that I won’t have to have any more confrontation and hurt.
I’m a very sensitive person. Living “out there” is not hard for me when I feel safe but it is very difficult for me when I have been hurt.
@jan owen – thanks or sharing your “vows”. I admire your honesty and vulnerability.